The purpose of this thread is to chronicle my experience as a first time attempt at raising meat birds. I have a layer flock but have never raised a meat bird before. I am also working out of a small backyard setting, not a farm. I ordered 50 Cornish X chicks from Schlecht hatchery in early Feb. with a delivery on March 6th. After shipping it came out to about $1.50 a chick. I split the order with some other locals, keeping 20 for myself. All 50 arrived healthy and active with no problems. They all went into a homemade brooder where I put them on fermented starter/grower and water with ACV from a nipple waterer. They love the FF, and jockey for position on the feeder. They eat ALOT. I was worried they wouldn't figure out the water nipples, but they took to it right away without any problems. I picked a chick at random for the 1 week old photo. Some have a few more feathers than others, but not many. All are still healthy and eating well.